In 2005, the Yankees road On-Base Average was very low – according to their standards in recent seasons. And, clearly, the reason for this was the Yankees #1 and #9 batters in their order.
Three weeks ago, I mentioned that (perhaps) having Damon now (and having him bat lead-off) will cure the road issue at the top of the line-up.
But, the #9 slot – Wow! Something has to happen there. Last year, it was mostly Cano and Womack who batted 9th. But, combined, as #9 hitters, their OBA was still over .300 – overall. (I can’t find the splits for home and the road. But, I do recall Cano being a good road hitter last year. Therefore, I don’t think he hurt the team batting last on the road.)
So, who killed the Yankees when they batted last in the line-up?
Actually, it was Bernie Williams. In 50 PA as a #9 hitter, Bernie’s OBA was .260 – overall. Yes, his On-Base Average, overall, was two-sixty when batting 9th last year. Maybe Bernie just couldn’t get into it when he batted 9th?
Maybe I should re-think that idea of having the D.H. bat 9th for the Yankees this season?